Osagie Okunbor, MD of SPDC
Efforts to boost power supply in Nigeria is gathering momentum as Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) disclosed that its Afam VI power plant in Rivers State is ready to deliver 624MW electricity into the Nigerian national grid.
Managing Director of SPDC and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor, made this known in Abuja.
The Country Chair stated that the company Joint Venture-owned power plant is ably maintained to consistently deliver its net dependable capacity of 624MW from an installed capacity of 650MW with its three gas and one steam turbine.
He added that “In 2017 alone, Afam VI supplied approximately 14 per cent of Nigerian’s grid-connected electricity and the plant has delivered over 25.97 trillion Watt-Hour of electricity into the Nigerian grid in the last ten years.”
Okunbor noted, “What is most exciting is that the plant has achieved this milestone while also touching the lives of community people and helping youths to acquire key engineering skills.” The operations at Afam VI have generated subcontract opportunities and employment for over 150 people from the 16 host communities. It also provided hands-on and offshore training for 30 youths in Electrical, Mechanical and Instrumentation engineering on Combined Cycle Power Plant operations and maintenance.
He revealed that in November 2017, the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission renewed SPDC JV’s Afam VI power generation licence for another ten years, and in December 2017, the company signed an interim multi-year agreement with General Electric to improve the power plant’s availability, reliability and output for up to 200,000 Nigerian homes, while decreasing its operational costs.
Afam is located in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State, the plant receives gas from SPDC JV’s gas plant at neighbouring Okoloma village and it is expected to boost electricity supply by adding significant generation to the country.